Less than two years after the adoption of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, little progress has been made and world leaders are not being held accountable, with many retreating to isolationism. The G20 Summit is a critical moment of accountability for the world's most powerful leaders who are uniquely placed to mobilize the political will and financial resources needed to fight inequality and poverty. Global Citizens will gather in Hamburg the day before the Summit, demanding the G20 countries agree to concrete commitments to address and deliver on the Global Goals, particularly in the areas of education, health, development, and the global refugee crisis. Additionally, Global Citizens will call for leaders of all major German political parties to maintain and increase foreign aid commitments following the 2017 elections.
Hugh Evans, CEO, Global Citizen said: "In bringing the Global Citizen Festival to Germany for the first time we are calling on the G20 to take action and responsibility for moving forward on the Global Goals. They have had two years to address the Goals, and while some leaders are stepping up, others are engaging with empty promises. As Global Citizens, we do not accept this; we do not accept the status quo or believe these issues are beyond our capacity to fix. With the support of the international community and our partners convened in Hamburg this July, the G20 leaders will hear our call. Together we will make a lasting impact for generations to come."
Herbert Grönemeyer said: "Unifying our efforts will help to make our goals of eradicating extreme poverty, improving global access to drinking water and vaccinations, as well as continuously reducing social inequality a tangible possibility for the foreseeable future. A start has already been made and against all odds people who see themselves as global citizens of one world act alongside one another in order to get there. It feels good to ACT."
Ellie Goulding said: "It is truly inspiring to see so many people come together and take action, participating in these essential conversations, and holding world leaders to account. After joining the Global Citizen Festival on stage in New York last summer I am incredibly excited to continue on the journey to a sustainable future free of extreme poverty by performing in Hamburg on July 6th."
In six years, Global Citizen has grown into the largest, most visible movement of engaged activists working to influence world leaders and decision-makers to enact policy changes and commit significant resources to help end extreme poverty and its associated challenges. In 2016, Global Citizen brought the movement and action-based model to Canada and India for the first time.
The concert is supported by major partners Johnson & Johnson, Live Nation, HP, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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About Global Citizen
Global Citizen is a social action platform, for the global generation that wants to solve the world's biggest challenges, where you can learn about issues, take action on what matters most and join a community committed to social change. Global Citizen believes extreme poverty can be ended by 2030, because of the collective actions of Global Citizens across the world. Over the last six years, more than eight million Global Citizens around the world took over ten million actions to solve the world's biggest challenges, set to affect the lives of over 1 billion people.
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